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An international group of young, experimental painters founded CoBrA in Paris. The Dutch members, Karel Appel, Corneille and Constant, would then determine the face of post-war Dutch painting for several decades. Appel and Corneille were both looking for a new formal language, separate from pre-war artistic conventions and traditions. In 1947 they spent some time in Paris. Appel became acquainted with Jean Dubuffet's Art Brut, as well as the paintings of the mentally ill he saw at an exhibition in the St. Anne asylum. The spontaneity and primal power that emerged from this work gave him inspiration. Shortly afterwards, the first human-animal beings with large heads and questioning eyes appeared in his work that made the Cobra language so recognizable. Corneille also made abstract work, an interplay of lines and free forms. Together with Constant, Anton Rooskens, Eugène Brands, Theo Wolvecamp and Jan Nieuwenhuis, they founded the Experimental Group in July 1948. Not tradition, but man in his purest and most original capacity, without the ballast of the cultural past, would henceforth be the point of reference. All forms of non-figurative experiment were possible. Young Dutch poets including Lucebert joined. The director of the Stedelijk Museum, Willem Sandberg, was their great promoter.

Constant was the man of international contacts. In 1946 he had met the Danish experimental artist Asger Jorn in Paris, under whose influence he began painting fantasy animals and mythical creatures. Jorn had contacts with Belgian avant-garde painters, including Christian Dotremont. In November 1948 Constant, Appel and Corneille traveled to a conference in Paris with experimental Belgians, Danes, French and Czechs. The aim was to discuss the situation of the avant-garde in these countries. However, the Belgians, Danes and Dutch did not want words but actions. On November 8, they entered into a partnership for cooperation in the Café de l'Hôtel Notre-Dame. For their working community they found the name CoBrA, composed of the initials of the capitals Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam. In the years that followed, there was a feverish collaboration, with the international CoBrA exhibition in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum as the first clear manifesto in 1949. Growing disagreements over fundamental issues caused the group to disintegrate in November 1951.

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Anton Rooskens | Flowers in a vase, oil on canvas, 89.8 x 75.2 cm, signed l.r. and late 1930s

Anton Rooskens

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Flowers in a vase

Eugène Brands | Toren in landschap (Tower in landscape), oil on paper, 21.5 x 22.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 5.56

Eugène Brands

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Toren in landschap (Tower in landscape), 1956

Lucebert | Die Wahlverwandtschaften, oil on canvas, 90.2 x 70.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '90

Lucebert

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Die Wahlverwandtschaften, 1990

Lucebert | Young Voltaire, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 60.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '72

Lucebert

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Young Voltaire

Anton Rooskens | Untitled, gouache on paper, 58.7 x 49.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '72

Anton Rooskens

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Untitled, 1972

Eugène Brands | Mysterious Universe, oil on canvas, 55.0 x 70.5 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated '71 on the reverse

Eugène Brands

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Mysterious Universe, 1971

Lucebert | Three creatures, four eyes, pencil, chalk, watercolour and oil on paper, 50.2 x 70.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '89

Lucebert

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Three creatures, four eyes, 1989

Eugène Brands | Attack the darkness of the universe, gouache on board, 40.0 x 49.3 cm, signed on the reverse and dated 7 VIII 1998

Eugène Brands

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Attack the darkness of the universe, 1998

Eugène Brands | Composition against a black background, gouache on paper, 38.0 x 30.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated on the reverse 1.8.1968

Eugène Brands

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Composition against a black background, 1968

Eugène Brands | Sunset, gouache on paper, 32.5 x 30.4 cm, signed u.l. and dated 12.57

Eugène Brands

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Sunset, 1957

Anton Rooskens | Birds, East Indian ink, gouache and oil on paper on board, 67.0 x 83.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '64

Anton Rooskens

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Birds, 1964

Lucebert | Three Figures, oil on canvas, 80.2 x 100.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '62 and on the reverse 62/11

Lucebert

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Three Figures, 1962

Lucebert | Three creatures, pencil, chalk and watercolour on paper, 20.9 x 26.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 84.XII.12

Lucebert

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Three creatures, 1984

Lucebert | Composition with figures, gouache on paper, 54.8 x 74.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 'mrt '63'

Lucebert

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Composition with figures, 1963

Lucebert | Untitled, Indian ink and watercolour on paper, 27.0 x 30.0 cm, painted in 1960's

Lucebert

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Untitled, 1960-1969

Anton Rooskens | Masks, watercolour and gouache on paper, 39.5 x 22.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '49

Anton Rooskens

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Masks, 1949

Corneille | Les rochers rouges, oil on canvas, 65.0 x 92.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated '55

Corneille

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Les rochers rouges, 1955

Lucebert | Dansers rond de donderalp, chalk, gouache and oil on paper, 64.3 x 99.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '76.VIII

Lucebert

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Dansers rond de donderalp, 1976

Corneille | Faire l'amour, ink, chalk and watercolour on paper, 14.8 x 20.7 cm, signed u.l. and dated 2001

Corneille

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Faire l'amour, 2001

Lucebert | Bird animal, chalk and watercolour on paper, 26.2 x 35.3 cm, painted in 1960's

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Bird animal, 1960-1969

Corneille | Man and woman, charcoal on paper, 23.7 x 31.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated Août '86

Corneille

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Man and woman, 1986

Corneille | La femme au cygne, ink on paper, 22.9 x 29.8 cm, signed u.r. and dated '76

Corneille

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La femme au cygne, 1976

Corneille | La tribu erre…, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 61.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated '57

Corneille

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La tribu erre…, 1957

Corneille | Femme et Oiseau, gouache over silk screen print on paper, 70.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. in the stone and dated '88

Corneille

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Femme et Oiseau, 1988

Corneille | Chat dans un été triomphant, acrylic on canvas, 60.1 x 60.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated '80

Corneille

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Chat dans un été triomphant, 1980

Lucebert | Hillbilly, gouache on paper, 70.0 x 100.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 76.VIII.28

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Hillbilly, 1976

Lucebert | The head, chalk and gouache on paper, 52.0 x 77.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 'San Roque 18 VII '65'

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The head, 1965

Constant & Stephen Gilbert | Untitled, oil on canvas, 46.2 x 55.0 cm, signed u.r./stretcher: Constant; verso u.r. and dated 1951 on the reverse

Constant & Stephen Gilbert

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Untitled, 1951


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